Indian court sentences 3 to death in gang rape and murder of minor

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NEW DELHI, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) — A local court in India’s western state of Maharashtra pronounced death sentence to three people for subjecting a 15-year-old girl to gang rape and death in 2014, officials said Saturday.

“The district judge sentenced Santosh Lonkar, Mangesh Lonkar and Datta Shinde to death in the gang rape and murder of the minor girl,” a court official at Amhednagar district court said. “The trio was found involved in the 2014 Loni Mavala gang rape and murder case.”

Local media reports said parents of the victim hailed the judgement.

Police said on Aug 22, 2014, a class ninth student was kidnapped in the Loni Mavala area of Ahmednagar district, east of Mumbai city, and subjected to gang rape. The victim was subsequently murdered.

Girl’s family told police she was kidnapped while on her way to meet her grandfather.

The girl’s body with several knife cuts was found along the roadside.

The gruesome crime had sent shock waves in the entire state and triggered protests, demanding speedy trial to ensure justice for the victim’s family.

Sexual attacks on women and girls in India puts a question mark on their safety.

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